A young man that I know was out sailing today in his 3rd boat. He is a live aboard and recently upgraded from a 28' sloop
to a 35' ketch
. His 3rd boat is a sweet little sailing dink. A 10' sloop
that points very well.
Watching him battle upwind in a narrow channel back to his slip was entertaining. He is small, quick and nimble and handled the tacking well. The winds were gusting above 20 mph and I would have likely have faired less well ducking the boom and changing sides in the many tacks. I am neither small nor nimble and would likely have capsized.
When new sailors
look for recommendations for a first boat, a boat similar to his #3 is the type I think best suits someone learning
to handle the wind
. They are a lot easier to drag out of the mud, off of an oyster
reef or a beach when the wind
teaches them about a lee shore.